April 30, 2009
Posted: 07:36 AM ET
Business Producer Gayatri Dhavan
Facing a Thursday deadline, Chrysler LLC appears on the verge of bankruptcy. CNNMoney has the rundown on why this automaker may not get all the help it needs.
Fiat may not be able to offer Chrysler all the help it needs.
If Chrysler files for bankruptcy, here’s what to expect.
If you own a Chrysler car:
For auto workers:
For auto suppliers:
Meanwhile, there are still huge questions about whether Fiat can actually even help Chrysler.
Some experts saying: Fiat may not be successful enough to take on a problem of this magnitude.
More on Fiat:
- Italian cars historically have a reputation for brilliant design but also quality lapses.
- J.D. Power data from Britain suggests Fiat has some way still to go.
- The firm's customer-satisfaction survey, which samples opinion after two years of ownership, has ranked Fiat at or near the bottom for the last four years.
Have a question? Leave it in the comments field below.
April 29, 2009
Posted: 12:44 PM ET
Today President Obama marked his 100th day as President. Typically, the 100 day mark is the time to stop and judge the progress of a newly elected president, as many presidents make promises on the campaign trail of what they will achieve in their first 100 days.
Obama's first 100 days. What do we think, America?
We asked Morning Express viewers what they thought of Obama's first 100 days. Their responses range from tongue-in-cheek: "I worry that we are heading surely but steadily toward socialism. However very glad the girls have a dog," to purely enthusiastic: "Bravo, Mr. President, bravo."
What do you think? Share your own views in the comments field below.
- I think Obama is doing a fantastic job considering he inherited an economic mess. People just need to have patience and let him do what we elected him to do ... keep up he great work. – Chaunte in Dover, Delaware
- President Obama has done a fine job in his first 100 days, but I think we are still waiting for him to get to the major issues. - Dawn Cox in Waycross, Georgia
- I don't no why everyone expects our president to fix Bush's mess IN 100 DAYS! Give him a chance. He has 100% support from this Army Soldier.
- I'll give him an 'A' for a good start. He gets extra credit for continuing to rise above the negativism of his detractors.
- I didn't vote for him but I've been impressed with the job he has done so far and think the country made the right choice.
- Obama needs to keep an eye on the economy and need to make sure what dc does today doesn't hurt the future. – Gregory in Maine
- Obama has missed the mark. The budget is overblown, the deficit will be crushing and he wants to "punish" the most productive with higher taxes. Bad show!
- Obama makes me want to be a better person, a better American, because he leads by example. He has renewed my patriotism. – Desiree in Tampa, Florida
- President Obama is doing a good job although he is making a terrible decision bailing out all those companies not to mention more than once. - Rachael in Georgia
- Obama is wasting so much money! People blamed Bush for spending but look at our president now. - WDH
- I don't recall anyone judging the former president so harshly. Why does it seem like Americans, especially republicans, want Obama to fail? It seems unfair.
- Need to make room on Mt. Rushmore. - Peter in Birmingham, Alabama
- The president's inexperience is visible now that we get small glimpses of his administration. Hopefully he can learn from his mistakes. - Johnny Cole in Kentucky
- Is it just now 100 days ... we've been treating him like his 100 days was two months ago! Fine job Mr. President!!!! - Homer
- In the first 100 days with Obama, swine flu is the best thing that has happened.
- Obama needs to focus on national healthcare with so many people out of work and no health insurance we need universal health care now.
- I would like to see the President put more emphasis on homeland security. This is no time to let our guard down and turn all focus to the economy.
- It will take years to clean up the mess from the last administration. Obama can't do it all in 100 days. – Jamie in Missouri
- Considering all or most republicans are working against Obama he is doing good. We should support Obama no matter what because he is our president.
- I worry that we are heading surely but steadily toward socialism. However, very glad the girls have a dog. - Anonymous in Guntersville, Alabama
- I think that Obama has done a wonderful job taking care of the economy and has done well taking our troops to places where we need them. GO OBAMA! - Seth
- President Obama is doing a great job and I look forward to his next 100 days!! Fine job, Mr. President. – S. Harris
- I applaud president Obama for his work. It took bush eight years to bring our economy down, and it only took Obama a hundred days to fix it! - Hallel
- The president has been a true superhero tackling everything from the wars to the economy bravo Mr. President bravo.
- In the first 100 President Obama has done a fine job thus far given the circumstances he entered. I believe he will progress as the next 100 more pass.
- With all the president's been faced with I think he's doing an incredible job. Republicans are just too bitter to see an upside. - Jay
- Obama has taken the load that Bush left him with stride and is doing a great job. The negative comments are unpatriotic. Well done! Brian G. in Kentucky
- President Obama has spent money like water and increased our national debt enormously. He promised change and he fulfilled that promise for sure! - Carmen
- I don't give all the credit to Barack Obama it is democrats generally who provide positivity to the country. - Seth in Michigan
- The President needs to stay on task with the illegal immigration. That would save millions for our economy and keep the US working.
- It seems like 100 years. It is an all out assault on everything that made our country great. - Scott Yocum in Salvisa, Kentucky
- I think the president spent way too much money on the bailouts that will take years to pay back but he's doing well in other areas so far. – Mike in Wisconsin
Posted: 06:14 AM ET
Yesterday, we aired an emotional salute from a mother to her daughter. Watch the video below for Nikki Turner's moving salute to her daughter Ashley Regan. Read Nikki's words to her daughter below.
"As any other mother who has children serving our country overseas, we tend to worry and wait in anticipation for a phone call, or any type of communication so I can say “Hello Honey” and at least know they are all right for that moment.
Unfortunately, a phone call is a difficult thing for us. Her stepfather and I are both deaf. We do hear some with the amazing Cochlear Implant, however, when Ashley does get that rare opportunity to call ... my not-so-great hearing gets in the way and I can't understand her well enough to carry on a conversation and connect. I know this saddens her greatly! She was 14 years old when I lost my hearing and she was such an inspiration to me during a very difficult time in my own life. Today she is an individual who inspires every person who crosses her path; both comrades and patients alike. Ashley has this beautiful smile and personality that just lights up any room.
What better way to honor her than to “shout out” on Salute the Troops … WE ARE SO PROUD OF YOU ASHLEY AND CAN'T WAIT TO HEAR YOUR VOICE AGAIN IN PERSON. IN THE MEANTIME ... BE GOOD AND DO GOOD. STAY SAFE, WE LOVE AND MISS YOU DEARLY!"
- Mom, Mark, Lily and the entire family. God Bless all our troops!
April 24, 2009
Posted: 11:04 AM ET
This morning we told you about a survey reported in USA Today that says Americans are redefining their view of not only the American dream, but what it means to thrive and prosper.
Spa day: A 'necessity' of the past?
For many, these tough economic times have sent dreams of luxuries such as spa visits and satellite TV out the window, and replaced them with more pressing concerns such as food, clothing and health care.
We asked Morning Express viewers about their own shifts in perspective. What do they consider a luxury now, but used to think - in fatter times - was absolutely necessary? Read their responses below, and add your own in the comments field.
- My wife and I now drink cheaper wines, hell we aren't dead yet!
- Dental care is now a luxury, a cleaning and x-rays costs the same as what I pay for rent! Health should never be considered a 'luxury item'
- My kids get shoes when they need them and my feet still get wet. - Tracy
- I think that my happiness is a luxury. I used to be all about smiles and a good time now I'm working hard with little down time.
- My tattoos and piercings used to be a top priority, now they are a luxury along with brand name gasoline. - Andrea in New Orleans, Louisiana
- Name brand over the counter drugs are pure luxury. Read the label- generics are the necessity. – Jackie
- I used to think cable TV was necessary. Now that I don't have it I see that it is a very big luxury!
- Health care for my family is now a luxury! I can either feed them or let them see a doctor – what a choice! – Denis in Florida
- Food is becoming a luxury these days; Guess it is one way to get skinny. Aloha – Ray in Maui, Hawaii
- Robin to heck with cell phone and cars all I need is air conditioner food and my family!
- My motorcycle is definitely a necessity - it's my therapy these days! – Lon in Texas
- Air conditioner, car, and dishwasher are necessities. Cell phone, makeup, hair color, beer, lattes & eating out are luxuries! – Tammy in Wyoming
- Computers used to be a luxury but now you need one for every step of your life! – Jamie in Galliano, Louisiana
- I used to tan all the time. Now that I'm laid off, tanning is definitely out of the question.
- Going out to eat used to be a nice treat, but with a newborn, student loans, and a laid off husband, it's a luxury now.
- I could not live with out my cell and makeup. Oh yah, and a hair straightener. - Ashley and Nicole in Missouri
- I buy professional products and do my own manicures & pedicures at home instead of at the shop or spa. – Sandi in Illinois
- Going to see sport games is definitely a luxury when you can just see them on TV.
- I believe that toilet paper is definitely a necessity, although very soft toilet paper is quite the luxury!! - FreezeSukka
- We don't buy expensive hair care products or health and beauty junk anymore. We also stopped dyeing our hair every five weeks. – Dawn in New Jersey
- I made more money last year then I ever have ... but I still buy store brands. - Dennis in Salt Lake City, Utah
- Dining out, movies in a theater, most name brand products have been axed so I can afford cable. YOU are a necessity, Sunshine!
- Vacations have definitely become a luxury for me ... I am glad I got to travel back when the economy was strong! – Irene in Fargo, North Dakota
- A luxury is being able to afford the gas to go to West Palm Beach, Florida, to visit our 97-year-old mother.
- Unfortunately, healthcare and healthcare Supplies have migrated to being a luxury item(s). – Glen in South Florida
- We use to take at least 2 vacations a year. Now it will be a luxury and local day trips will be planned. - Angeline in Virginia
- I used to stop for Starbucks several times a week. Now, that's a luxury I have to do without.
- Luxury to me is having money in the bank and hold on to it incase things hit rock bottom I can still stay ahead and not worry. – Louie in Pennsylvania
- I think people are confused about necessities and luxuries. Anything you can survive without is a luxury. Michaela, 11 years old, Texas
- I used to think having a green lawn was necessary but it is not. It can be expensive to maintain and a waste of water. – Jill in Nevada
April 22, 2009
Posted: 11:17 AM ET
Hello Morning Express-sters. It's Earth Day! Every year we take time to step outside, smell the flowers and take a moment to appreciate this great planet that gives us life.
Today, we asked Morning Express viewers to help spread the planet earth love by sharing their tips for leading a green life.
Happy Earth Day!
Check out some of their ideas below, and leave yours in the comments field.
- I do laundry with cold water and hang my clothes out to dry. I even wait for a nice day to do laundry ... what better excuse to put off doing my "chores"? – Jenny in North Carolina
- I go green by cutting my grass with a reel lawn mower (no engine). Now I love the mower and wouldn't use anything else. Dennis Comstock in El Paso, Texas
- I put notes over every light switch in my house so kids can remember to turn off lights and my bill has been low.
- To conserve gas I try not to drive over sixty-five miles per hour. – Justin in Texas.
- Use solar lanterns that are rechargeable instead of the candles to go green.
- Us Southern girls have always been green! We garden, we can our produce, we hang our clothes on the line. – Cindy
- All of my yard waste stays right in my yard. I compost every last bit of it! No need to fill those yard waste bags and send them off to the landfill.
- I reuse plastics such as Zip-lock bags and straws, and donate clothing to thrift stores. Happy Earth Day!
- We stopped buying paper towels and use regular cloth ones to dry dishes. – Michaela
- I conserve water when I shower by turning the water off while I soap up and shampoo my hair. It is surprising how far 6 gallons of hot water goes.
- I live in a small town so I ride my bicycle wherever I can ... It saves gas and is a great workout! – Morgan in Georgia
- My family and I are turning off the lights, and all power an hour earlier at night to try and go green. Thanks! – Sarah
- I'm eighteen and I started recycling programs at my old job and now my new one too! – Kelsey Fort in Arlington, Virginia
- I write a lot and I write in tiny letters is how I conserve paper. Happy earth day. – Jeff in Arkansas
- We are having our printer ink cartridges re-inked to help save the planet. – Cindy in Waynesboro, Pennsylvania
- I am in school and I use both sides of the paper for notes, which everyone should do. –Sydney in Georgia
- To conserver water in my home, I take showers with my wife whenever I can. - Mike in Omaha
- My family has made the choice of using candles instead of electricity when ever we can. I have to say it's saving us from our economic crisis.
- I let my wife go green for the both of us. In addition to chasing after me turning lights off, timer-based light switches help us both. – James in Chicago
- We use cloth shopping bags. Also garden compost.
- I have replaced my water heater with a tankless, and changed all my light bulbs to florescent (I have cut my electric bill in half. – Lock dock
– I pay my bills over the phone with a debit card thus saving paper and stamps.
- One way I go green is I use cloth diapers for my baby instead of the disposable brands. - Lori in Michigan
- We unplug everything in our house, and my son does his homework by sunlight. Also his teacher turns the lights off for 1 hr a day and uses sunlight
- I have been taking advantage of our warm windy days. Hanging clothes, blankets and towels are a great way to go green and keep the power bill low.
- I bought a Toyota Prius to limit my gas consumption and to save money! Lawrence from Minneapolis
- I go green by using Marta instead of driving to my office in Buckhead. Has the added benefit of a one-mile walk each way. – Steve G.
- We recycle all our aluminum cans, plastic bottles, cardboard and paper. We also take cloth bags to the grocery! My 7-year-old daughter keeps us motivated!
- I go green by planting 56 flowers in my garden every earth day. Mike Cruz
- Heat down, plastic on windows, sweats, warm blankets and fat cat at feet. Have a great day. You rock! - D sizzle
- I started a paper recycling program at the school where I teach. – Cherie in Louisiana.
- I will be picking up the litter in our city. We all know how the winter thaw shows us just how disrespectfully we treat our great mother. - Tree hugger Fran
- My family goes green by recycling and turning off the lights when we leave a room. – Alexander in Florida, 11 years old
- My boyfriend builds wind farms and I do all I can to support and promote wind energy.
- My wife and I have changed to CFLs in the entire house. Our power bill has gone down 20 bucks a month! – Rob in Enterprise, Alabama
- I've replaced all of my incandescent light bulbs with fluorescent ones.
- Recycling garbage, Cleaning up the city. Disposing properly. – Jimmy in Lawton, Oklahoma
- Recycle versus duplicate office memos for entire staff.
- We recycle, use cloth grocery bags and use fluorescent bulbs. Unplug when not in use and lights out when not in use. We all need to do our part. – RL in Tennessee
April 20, 2009
Posted: 11:35 AM ET
Today Morning Express brought you a story of a state that wants to put bumper stickers on the cars of teenage drivers, identifying them to other cars on the road.
New Jersey just signed a bill into law mandating that teenage drivers put stickers on the front and back bumpers of their cars. The goal is to encourage, and enforce, safer driving among teens.
Oh, those crazy kids.
From NJ.com: "Lawmakers said the bill (S2314) - which mandates orange decals on the front and rear license plates - will help police identify new drivers and ensure they are following regulations. The new rules take effect in mid-2010."
We asked Morning Express viewers what they thought about the law. Is it fair? Are teens really worse than other drivers? We also wanted to know, what other bumper stickers should be printed as warning messages to keep the roads safe.
Read through our viewers' opinions, and share yours in the comments field below!
- As a teen driver myself, I think the car stickers are a great idea. I think that tailgaters would be less likely to tailgate a teen going the speed limit.
- I think I'd prefer a sticker that says, "I use mental turn signals, so learn to read my mind." - Brittany S. in Virginia Beach, Virginia
- (How about) "I stop 100ft before the intersection" - Mike Szewil in Port Leyden, New York
- As a truck driver, I want to see one that says, "Bluehair on Board." - Bryan, in Taylorsville, Kentucky
- I think the teen drivers will remove the decals, therefore rendering the whole concept useless.
- I live in N.J and believe me, every warning helps, just ask Bob, it's a crazy state to drive in. – David, Exit 98
- ABSOLUTELY NOT. There are too many predators trying to hurt our children as it is. Let us advertise a vehicle they would be driving? - Robin L. in Tennessee
- I feel it's a good idea for the bumper sticker. It will ensure my son will follow the law. - Mona in Michigan
- What makes them think my kids will be driving their own car? I don't want a sticker on my car! - Kelly in Niagara Falls, New York
- What about "I don't check my blind spots" or "I don't signal when changing lanes". Too many drivers do this. By the way I'm texting & driving now. - Riley
- They need to make a bumper sticker that says slow people please be courteous and stay in the right lane ... you don't own the road! - Wichita Falls, Texas
- How about developing a sticker for drivers that are over the age of 75, they scare me even more. - Steve in Auburn, New Hampshire
- I'd like to see "I don't know what I'm doing" on some people's cars!! – Morgan in Georgia
- Profiling is profiling, whether it's race, age or anything else that doesn't directly pertain to driving ability. Stickers are wrong.
- I think it's a pointless law because there are older people out there who drive just as reckless as first time drivers. – Victor in California
- How about a bumper sticker that says please go around I'm on the phone!?!
- "I'm lazy and don't use turn signals" they would run out of that one!
- How about mandatory decals for drivers with DUI convictions? I'm more worried about sharing the road with them than a 16 year old.
- Why not post how many wrecks you've been in?? - Rebecca in Everett, Washington
- Last time I checked if you were over the age of 18 your were an adult. Putting stickers of teen drivers is wrong and is profiling. – Daniel in Oregon
- It doesn't matter when someone starts to drive. They're still inexperienced in driving. I hope to get my license next year!
April 17, 2009
Posted: 12:02 PM ET
Today, Morning Express brought you a story about a doctor who recently twittered his way through a surgery he was performing. Twitter is a microblogging site that allows you to upload messages of 140 characters or less, about the length of a text message, then publishes them for your followers to see. The doc said he did it to satisfy curiosity about how the surgery is performed.
Step away from the cell phone.
Sending instant messages during surgery is pretty wild, but people do tend to whip out their cell phones and start texting at the craziest times. That made us wonder, what is the strangest location from which our viewers have sent – or recieved – text messages?
Check out some of their responses below. Any sound familiar? Share your crazy text message tales in the comments field below.
- The strangest place I ever sent a text was in the back of a police car on my way to county jail. I texted my boss 'Can't come in.' – Austin in Toledo, Ohio
- My mom was downstairs in the bathroom and she texted me to get her more toilet paper. – Zach in Monroe, Michigan
- I texted play by play action during my vasectomy to my wife. – Dan in Albuquerque, New Mexico
- After replacing three phones in 1 month for my 13-year-old grand daughter, it turns out she was texting in the shower. – Erica in Grand Island, Nebraska
- A defendant texted me during trial asking I change my testimony against her. – Bill in FL
- My brother and me were texting each other at a NASCAR race while sitting side by side because we could not hear each other talk. – Lisa in Virginia
- While on patrol in Iraq. – Dan in Indiana
- I text when I get a Brazilian wax. – Lauren in Iowa
- I typically go text crazy when I'm drinking. I text every member in my contact list! – Henry in Charlotte, North Carolina
- I was texting while helping delivery my granddaughter by born I was texting my husband and holding her leg. Deborah in Jackson, Mississippi
- When I went to Six Flags, I texted thru every ride. Ended up losing my phone and had to buy a new one. – Samy in Elmhurst, Illinois
- I have texted while horseback riding. The horse was trotting!
- I texted everyone the whole time I was in labor! I wanted to keep family/friends in the waiting room up to date on everything that was happening
- I text a lot while in the tanning bed! – Amy in Illinois
- I got the weirdest text while I was in Church on Easter Sunday 2009. It made me laugh out loud for real and get in trouble with family lol. – Ryan M.
- The strangest place I have texted is on a motorcycle while moving. Wael Marzouka in Spartanburg, South Carolina
- I've sent & received text in the dentist chair. – Andrette in Upper Marlboro, Maryland
- I sometimes text people while rock climbing. – Logan in Nashville, Tennessee
- My friend was texting me while she was running her first marathon ... She said she was bored : ) – Donna
- My daughter in law mistakenly sent a text asking me if I wanted to get naked later. My number is right under my sons in her call list. – Deb in Greenville
- I frequently receive text messages while horse back riding. – Chase
- I text from my office in the bathroom quite frequently. – Chris in Syracuse, New York
Posted: 06:10 AM ET
Secret memos released Thursday by the Obama administration give graphic details of what was happening to some high-profile terror suspects behind closed doors, following the September 11th attacks.
In the memos, the Justice Department gives approval to some of these methods, which included sleep deprivation, simulated drowning known as “waterboarding”, keeping a detainee naked and in some cases in a diaper, and putting detainees on a liquid diet.
The Bush administration says these interrogation techniques were ok and legal in the wake of the September 11th terror attacks, to prevent another attack like it. In releasing the memos Thursday, President Obama told CIA officials they will not be prosecuted for using the tactics.
The President says the CIA operatives were following the legal advice at the time. Such techniques, however, are now forbidden under the Obama administration.
But critics, like the ACLU, say the interrogation methods described in the documents are “torture.” They are calling for the interrogators to be held accountable.
What do you think? Did the interrogation methods go too far? Were they torture, or necessary for our safety after September 11th?
Send us your blog comments, and we’ll read some of them on the air!
You can find a copy of the memos by going to cnn.com/robin or clicking here. Scroll down to the Important Web sites section of the page.
April 15, 2009
Posted: 11:35 AM ET
TV/Web Producer Kate Taylor
Hey folks, it's tax day! Regardless of who you are, you've coughed up a significant portion of your earnings to the federal government. You know the saying, only two things are inevitable: death and taxes. So, given that you can't get out of handing the money you earned with your blood sweat and tears over to the government, the least you could ask for is a bit of say in how they spend all that dough.
Oh America, tax time is never good for our relationship.
We asked Morning Express viewers how they'd like to have their tax dollars spent. Read through a selection of their responses below, and share your budget preferences in the comments field below.
- Taxes should help eliminate poverty and homelessness and increase access to health care for everyone. Duh! – Scott in Rochester, New York
- I want my tax dollars to stay in my pocket. Lower taxes fuels economic recovery not higher government spending. – Fred in Tampa
- I would like to see tax money used to put a temporary halt on foreclosures until we can get a more stable economy.
- I think tax dollars should go towards helping students be able to continue or start college, – Elanna in Myrtle Beach, Florida
- I want my tax dollar to go for new or revitalized railways–passenger and freight. This would create many new jobs and be better for the environment.
- I would like to see tax dollars go to anything but Bailouts. Let companies that aren't making it fail have how we learn from mistakes. – Trevor in Ohio
- I'd like for my tax money to go back in my pocket, but since that's not realistic I'd like to see it go to health care for all Americans.
- How about our tax dollars going toward the foundation of a Nat'l Peace Academy? – Randall in Austin, TX
- I'd like to see the tax dollars help with health insurance for all. It is getting way too costly, especially for those with pre-existing conditions.
- How about giving some tax money to teachers grades K-12? I'm a nurse and think teachers are way underpaid.
- I think our tax money should to education, without a formal education our future will amount to nothing. – Willie in Pensacola, Florida
- I believe tax dollars should go toward community festivals and events. This would bring people out of their homes and create a better sense of community.
- I would like my tax dollars to actually find cures for cancer and Alzheimer's.
- I would like my tax money to go to alternative energy research so in the future Exxon won't reap huge profits from helping pollute the planet. – Chad
- Mike from Sacramento. I want to see my tax dollars spent on keeping our bridges from collapsing and repaving our roads. Or wind energy research.
- I'm too young to pay taxes now, but I'd like to see my parents' and my future tax dollars spent on education, and AIDS research and treatment. Cure it!
- I would like to see my tax money spent on me. As a full time student who can't even find an internship to work for free, much less get paid, I need help!
- The only way to fix everyone's problems is to rid the world of money but, we all live in the real world and human greed won't let that happen ... yet. – Mike
- I think our taxes should go to the military and to creating a better standard of living for our nation.
- I would rather my taxes were spent on cookies than pay for some crook to go on vacation. – TK
- I'd like to see my tax dollars go to projects that are aimed to saving the environment.
- I agree I would rather see my tax dollars go towards Railway systems. – Jim in Pennsylvania
- I would like to see my tax money spent in ANY way that really matters, not some little bailout. – Jeremy in Missouri
April 13, 2009
Posted: 11:26 AM ET
Today, nytimes.com ran a story about a woman who was offered 1/3 of her current salary at a Manhattan law firm to stay home from work. The move will save money for the law firm and ensure her place at the company when the economy rebounds.
Her answer? Yes! She plans to spend the year teaching English to monks in Sri Lanka.
We asked Morning Express viewers if they would take 1/3 of their current salary to stay home for a year. Below, read what they had to say, and share your views in the comments field below.
- I'd do it in a second. I can get another job to supplement the difference and simplify my lifestyle and expenses. – Shane in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
- I make $50,000 annually so I would only receive around $16,000. This offer would be insulting. No deal.
- It sounds great, but I don't earn NEARLY enough money to take up that offer. Guess I'll be punching that time clock this afternoon. – Robert in Jackson, Tennessee
- A year off? You bet! Be forewarned, the IRS will find a way to tax the time off! - Larry Moorcroft in Wyoming
- Money has nothing to do with it, I love my job. No way, I’d be so bored.
- I would. You could always learn to live on less and you cannot put a price on the few precious times you get to spend with friends and family!
- I would take the deal and get another job!!! Being smart in these times will help you make it through. – Noel in Marshfield, Massachusetts
- I have done just that, I stayed home the summer a few yrs ago, you just learn to change your spending habits. – Tanya in Arkansas
- If a company can pay you to stay home, then they probably did not need you in the first place.
- You bet I would! But I would probably get a part-time job doing something I just enjoy. I would also volunteer at the local Literacy Council. – Robin in Texas
- I would take that offer in a heartbeat! Then I would fish, travel, and spend much needed time with my daughter!
- Heck yeah I would take it! I am currently on a two-month leave with no pay. Would finish nursing school! - Stefanie in North Carolina
- I would do it in a heartbeat! I'd work part time or do consulting to make ends meet. I'd have time 2 visit family and I'd spend lots of time with my 3 yr old!!!
- I would do it in a heartbeat! I would then focus on my studies and finish my bachelors. – Greg in Aurora, Colorado
- I would love to stay home and do volunteer. But one third of my salary won't even cover my rent and car payment so I can't afford to do it.
- NO way!! We'd go hungry AND I wouldn't have cable so how could I watch your wonderful show?
- Girl yes! I would definitely leave work for a year and get paid for it and have faith that next year I had my job. It would be the best vacation ever!
- No way we can barely pay bills on a full paycheck we'd never make it on a third of the paycheck, although if we could afford it a year off would be nice.
- I could only settle for a 3rd of my pay, if they were paying three 3rds (all) of my bills. - Jay in Huntington, West Virginia
- I would definitely take that deal just to stay home and relax especially in my line of work. I need all the rest I can get. Jean in Orlando, fl
- I would take the one year off to spend time with my niece and take care of my 6 dogs. Most of all to relax and sleep late, lol.
- I would have to moonlight but it might be worth it if I kept my benefits I would do it if it were the only way to keep my job.
- I would love to spend a year with my family! But 1/3 pay is only for people who make enough to afforded it. - Dave in Oklahoma
- I’d prefer to stay at work. A third of my pay won't pay my bills.
- There is no way I could do that. I barely make it now. – Jason in Mississippi
- I am in the Army so if I could be off for a year and still get paid no matter the wage...talk about awesome! – Melissa in Tennessee
- I would not take a third of pay to keep my job because I am already making a low income due to a layoff doing small jobs now. – Joe in Alaska
- Staying home for a year and getting 1/3 of pay is better than losing your job and having no pay! - Tina Hutchinson in Minnesota
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